Library celebrates director, milestone

By Emily Le Coz | NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Lee County Library has a lot to celebrate Wednesday, and it wants the public to join the fun.
Immediately after its noontime Lunching with Books series, it will host a reception for new library Director Jeff Tomlinson, who joined the staff earlier this month from Georgia.
Then, at 2 p.m., it will fete the 20-year anniversary of its Friends of the Library Bookstore, located on the first floor of the downtown facility.
“We hope that everyone will come for Lunching with Books and stay for the celebrations,” said library board member Julie Battaile.
Dr. Frances Williams will review “Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters” by Elizabeth Brown Pryor.
Afterward, Tomlinson will take center stage. He previously headed the Uncle Remus Regional Library system outside Atlanta and came to Tupelo to replace former Director Jan Willis. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to meet Tomlinson.
The book store celebration gives the public a chance to visit the state’s first public library bookstore. When it officially opened on Jan. 22, 1992, no other Mississippi library had a revenue generator from the sale of used books.
Today, it produces roughly $1,000 every month that directly supports the library’s permanent book collection.
“That’s an incredible income for a little shop like that,” Battaile said.
For more information, contact the library at (662)841-9027.